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The Music programme at the School of Creative Arts

The University of Ulster at Magee offers undergraduate and postgraduate students some of the most innovative and diverse musical programmes available anywhere in the UK and Ireland. Welcoming students from all backgrounds and styles (Classical, Jazz, Irish Traditional, Rock and Pop etc.), we combine expert tuition with state of the art facilities and a unique, friendly atmosphere to ensure a stimulating and vibrant creative environment for all of your musical pursuits and a student experience that is unrivalled.


Our undergraduate programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge base across a variety of musical genres and disciplines while allowing them the opportunity to specialise as much as possible in one or more chosen areas of musical interest as they progress. Course content focuses on four core strands - Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Technology - complemented by a number of optional modules enabling students to effectively construct their own individual degree programme.


Postgraduate study in music is offered on our MMus, MRes and PhD degrees. Students have the opportunity to focus on a specialist area of study at both Masters and Doctoral level and will join an ever-expanding postgraduate community of performers, composers and musical researchers at the School of Creative Arts, representing an extensive and varied range of specialisms.


Students are taught by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff, each of whom is a leading practitioner in their respective musical field. In addition, the department welcomes a number of visiting musicians and lecturers of international standing to through its doors each year enabling our students to access as rich a musical education as possible. 


Students at Magee also benefit from a broad range of music making opportunities including the University‚Äôs choirs, traditional music group, new music ensemble, chamber ensemble and multimedia collective, amongst others. The School plays host to a busy series of lunchtime recitals and evening concerts as well as the Walled City Music Festival, Imagine Create Festival, City of Derry Guitar Festival and a Trad on Campus Day. Meanwhile, our location at the heart of the newly crowned UK City of Culture (2013) provides a wealth of cultural opportunities for those who choose to study with us. 


Studying music at the University of Ulster prepares graduates for a range of careers both inside and outside of the music industry. Our students have been successful in establishing careers as composers and performers, studio engineers, teachers, community music leaders and many progress to postgraduate study at the University of Ulster and other domestic and international institutions. Meanwhile, the interdisciplinary opportunities afforded to music students across the subject areas at the School of Creative Arts equips our graduates with a unique range of skills and experiences vital to any career in the creative industries that few other institutions can provide.


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